Hey There

I confessed yesterday that I spend time looking for ideas on Pinterest, but I also follow/read quite a few blogs too.  One of the blogs I love to read is Simplicity by Susan Raihala.  I really do not have the knack to put together several different washi tapes on a card and have it look good but Susan presented several options.  She has a great clean and simple style that I envy.  She created several cards using washi tape that I thought were so cool.


I tried Susan’s card sketch and used some washi tape that I had on hand.  I love the potential of all the various ideas that could come out of this sketch idea and also the unlimited number of sentiments that could also be used.  I only have about 10 rolls of washi tape but none of them really go together, so I chose to go with the same one on the card.  I think I should be looking for some rolls that work together for some future ideas.

Stamps:  Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches
Paper: Wausau Bright White
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Washi Tape – Recollections; dimensionals


Welcome to the Neighbourhood

I love to browse Splitcoastampers Gallery and Pinterest to see what everyone is creating.  Those sites are so addicting and time consuming that I had to make a pact with myself to start limiting my time spent browsing so that I can get back into making cards.  We had a new family move into the neighbourhood this weekend and I decided to make a card to go with their “Welcome to the Hood” gift.   I loved the card created here by Patricia Hays.   I changed the colour scheme and stamps, but stayed with her design.  This is a perfect card design which could be changed for many different occasions or sentiments.

TIP:  I needed dark brown brads – so I used E79 Cashew Copic marker and coloured the brads I had.

Stamps:  Wild Daisy Rd. ( Heidi Grace Designs)   and   Boards & Beams (Papertrey)
Paper:  White, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Ink:  Baja Breeze Ink, Versafine Black
Accessories:  Damask EF (Sizzix); Brads; Corner Punch (SU)

Another Smile

The other day I made a quick and easy card with a smile.  I decided to whip up another one using a slightly different designer paper.

Paper: Vanilla from SU, Designer Paper Pack from Costco
Accessories: Tiny Mosaic EF; Smile – Walk In My Garden Cricut Cartridge; Standard Circle Small Nestabilities; Dimensionals from Stampin’ Up


I needed a really quick card because it had to go out in the mail today so that it would arrive on time.  I am enrolled in the Clean and Simple Card Making Class, which is fantastic.   At the end of Day 1 there was a section called Additional Inspiration – so I checked out the blogs that were listed there and I found this neat card titled hello by Jennifer McGuire.  I used her design layout and created my “smile” card.  It was quick and simple.

Paper:  Vanilla from SU, Designer Paper Pack from Costco
Accessories:  Tiny Mosaic EF; Smile – Walk In My Garden Cricut Cartridge; Standard Circle Small Nestabilities; Dimensionals from Stampin’ Up

Some Glitter To Make You Smile

I subscribe to a forum called Card Requests on SCS which is a forum where people can request you to send cards to their family members, friends, just about anyone.  They usually accompany the request with a story about the person for whom they are requesting the cards for.  Today, I read about Regina here and it inspired me to make her a card.  I have been saying for a while that I need to get serious about making cards again and Regina you inspired me to do it.  I hope you enjoy your card. 

Stamps:  Anise’s Flowers and Sentiment from Stamping Bella
Paper:  Bashful Blue, White, Black from Stampin’ Up
Ink:  Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise, YoYo Yellow, Gable Green, Versafine Black
Accessories:  Denim Ribbon from Stamping Bella, Lace Ribbon, Glitter Stickles

It’s Time to Send the Change of Address

Whoever thought moving would be so time consuming.  We moved in November to our new home and now it is the end of December and I am in the process of sending out address change cards entitled “Our New Home”.    Unfortunately, my craft of making cards has suffered tremendously, since we decided to build a home.  All of our free time was spent choosing items for our home.  We spent countless hours travelling to suppliers to pick out all the items needed to build a home – we took for granted all the little items, ie. where do you want the light fixtures, where do you want the electrical plugs …… and the list goes on and on.  So I had to leave the craft room closed …… now we are settled in and the craft room is OPEN.

This card is to announce our official new address to all of our family and friends.

StampsSentiment from Board & Beams – Papertrey
Paper:  Kraft, Wild Wasabi, White, Chocolate Chip, DP – Archaic from Basic Grey
Ink:  Chocolate Chip

One for Carter, One for Charity

This is a baby blanket that I made for my grandson, Carter.  At the time that I made it, I did not know if we were going to have a  grandson or a granddaughter – so I chose this yarn, because I thought it would work for either.  I just love this yarn.  It is a variegated blend of blue, green and white.  It is so easy to work with and so soft.  Just perfect for a baby.  This is a pattern that I use over and over again.  The pattern is called Crocheted Baby Chevron Afghan from Bernat.  After I had finished Carter’s blanket, I had enough yarn left over to make another one for the charity I donate to.